‘Let’s not help the Bloc by perpetuating the confusions of the Clarity Act’

Charles Taylor argues for the NDP’s Unity Bill

Charles Taylor—who endorsed Thomas Mulcair for NDP leader and was a mentor to Jack Layton—writes in support of the NDP’s Unity Bill.

But with a clear question, 50 per cent plus one becomes the unambiguous and democratic expression of the electorate. As the Supreme Court made clear, if we agree that Canada must be held together by motivating its people to stay together, and not by force, then there is no other path. So how do we so motivate them? For one thing, we pass clear laws that avoid the kind of arbitrary after-the-fact shifting of the goalposts that has been met with such anger by Quebeckers. Independentists in Quebec have few effective battle horses left, which is why they’re trying to exploit this issue, as we see with the Bloc Québécois motion in the House of Commons.

As a federalist, my message to all Canadians who want this country to stay together is simple: Let’s not help the Bloc by perpetuating the confusions of the Clarity Act. This is why I believe that rewriting this act to add clarity is helpful to the cause of unity. But Mr. Scott and the NDP go further with their bill: In an innovation that has been mostly overlooked by the media so far, the bill also draws a road map for Quebeckers to seek constitutional change within Confederation. This addition is important and puts into law the commitment Mr. Layton made during the last election: creating the winning conditions for Canada in Quebec.




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‘Let’s not help the Bloc by perpetuating the confusions of the Clarity Act’

  1. I don’t know what this country would talk about if it weren’t for the Senate and Separatism.

    Maybe something useful?

  2. Clearly the man is compromised by his past and thereby disqualified
    from ever commenting on anything ever again.
    That should clear the “Opinion” sections of all that clutter.

  3. like JT said in his press release this morning,”this is just another reason why the ndp and the libs will never merge”. vote ndp and you get sepratism.

    • You mean separatism lite surely?

  4. I dunno, I agree with him. I always thought the Clarity Act was a lost cause. You can’t legislate against separatism, it won’t work and it just makes ppl want to leave even more. I don’t see why anyone in Quebec would change their mind about staying because some Big Brother in English Canada told them there was a law saying they had to.

    • Sorry, but that is just a gross oversimplification of what the CA attempts to do. Essentially it lays down the conditions for them to depart in a legal, constitutional and equitable manner. Equally you can’t force the RoC to just negotiate on their terms.

  5. “So how do we so motivate them? For one thing, we pass clear laws that avoid the kind of arbitrary after-the-fact shifting of the goalposts that has been met with such anger by Quebeckers.”

    I respect Charles Taylor. But he will have to work much harder than this to gain my sympathy. The clash of intellectual wills and respective views between Taylor and his friend PET are legendary for those who ever followed such things. They basically agreed to disagree in the end.
    But this quote is just too rich for this boy. If Canada has been moving the goal posts according to the NDP, then the separatists/independentists have been pretty well rigging the match, the rules and trying to replay the games that didn’t finish how they thought they should for over 30 years now.

    Winning conditions for Canada in QC indeed! Would that also happen to coincide with winning conditions for the NDP in Ottawa? Not mutually exclusive some cry! Maybe not, but one can only bend a country into so much of a grotesque pretzel before one loses ones appetite altogether.

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